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Use these easy tips to increase your comfort and safety

Using the right amount of light in each room of your house will make your home bright and welcoming. But good lighting is more than decoration: it can make you more comfortable
by increasing your feelings of security, reducing eye strain and the likelihood of trips
and falls.

Good lighting also includes good economic and environmental sense. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) can reduce your energy bills while reducing greenhouse gases and fuel used to generate electricity. For more information about either option on visit our light bulbs fact page.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use several lamps to light a room adequately.
  • Place lighting fixtures at different heights in the room to provide good lighting for all the different activities for which the room is used.
  • Look for the most energy efficient light bulb to meet your needs – many local retailers offer a variety of options.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the number and wattage of bulbs
    per fixture.

Be Comfortable

  • At your desk, use a lamp with 1,100 to 2,600 lumens (75-150 watts incandescent, 20-40 watts CFL, and 14-28 watts LED) depending on your age – older eyes need more light.
  • When reading, lights should be placed so that shadows don’t fall on the pages.
  • Watching TV in the dark can cause eye strain and fatigue. Maintain a comfortable lighting level while watching to reduce contrast.


Be Safe

  • Turn on your walkway and porch lights to see your way on dark nights and to help deter intruders. A porch light is a great value, too! One LED will give you 35,000 to 50,000 hours of light and one CFL will give you 10,000 to 15.000 hours of light.
  • Use timers or other devices to turn on lights when you are away or to welcome you home on a dark winter night.
  • In the bathroom, illuminate your shower and tub areas for safety and ease of access.
  • Light the top and bottom of stairways for safe stepping.


did you know? 

Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and CFLs: they use less electricity and help the environment. To learn more, visit our light bulb facts, ENERGY STAR or NYSERDA websites.